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Romney's Monday-Night Plans Up in the Air

By Glenn Kessler
ST. LOUIS -- Mitt Romney upended his Super Tuesday travel schedule tonight, adding a Monday cross-country trip to California because a new poll shows him neck-and-neck there with Sen. John McCain.

After rallies in Nashville and outside Atlanta on Monday, Romney plans to fly to Long Beach, Calif. for an early-evening rally. He then will immediately fly back east, so to arrive in West Virginia at 6 a.m. Tuesday. There he plans to address a delegate convention. Aides considered adding a middle-of-the-night stop in Denver but dropped the idea because the plane would then arrive in West Virginia too late for the former Massachusetts governor to speak to the convention, Romney said.

"California is tight," Romney told reporters traveling with him. "People are taking a good look at the race. This is get every-delegate-you-can, every-way-you-can. So off you go."

"We see opportunity," said Romney spokesman Kevin Madden. Referring to McCain's decision to campaign today in Massachusetts, he added: "With McCain unwisely spending two days in Massachusetts doing a head-fake, California is up for grabs."

Madden pointed to a survey by American Research Group of 600 likely Republican voters, released today, that showed Romney with 33 percent and McCain with 32 percent. Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee had 16 percent. The survey had a margin of error of plus or minus four percent.

Unlike some other big states voting Tuesday, California does not award all of its Republican delegates on a winner-take-all basis. Instead, a candidate gets three delegates for every congressional district he wins, plus an additional proportion based on the overall vote. That could allow Romney to split California's 370 delegates while McCain is reaping big victories in winner-take-all states like New York and New Jersey. .

Romney averred that he was not a fan of red-eye flights. "I'll probably stretch out on the floor," he said.

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I'm not in support of Mitt Romney simply because of what I read in the newspapers or by observing the opinions of others on news stations and talk radio.

I came to my opinion after watching every debate and gaining a true sense of the character of the individuals. During the GOP California debate at the Ronald Reagan Library, I observed McCain to be self-righteous in his beliefs, arrogant and smug in his attitude and it appeared that he was lying and changing his position as though he did not want to appear as liberal as his voting record - that's a fact. Mitt, on the other hand, demonstrated class, restraint and had a wealth of knowledge and a highly evolved plan of action for his first days in office. He's an outsider who can truly bring about change. McCain, who overuses the phrase, "foot soldier" is living in the dark ages. Can you say fragile ego? If I was his wife, I would be sneaking some mind-numbing concoctions too. How will a fragile ego work for diplomacy in the Middle East and abroad? If Mitt could work with MA liberals to pass healthcare legislation in the Commonwealth then I believe he can do anything. Anne Romney would make a lovely first lady. Check out what Michael Reagan had to say about McCain's performance at the RR Library. He took the words right out of my mouth. Go Mitt. True Conservatives are backing you.

Posted by: Debbiegaunya | February 4, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Like the ...Olympics...our Super-Bowl is self-evident that people black, white or with different faith can play and live together.

Posted by: adamscar | February 4, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Niqueie's spot on. McCain and Huckabee have been taking turns whinging about Romney's so-called negative ads because without them, media wouldn't have ever mentioned how awful their records are. Records being the key word. Negative attacks are not attacks on someone's record, they're attacks on the personal level that are untrue...in other words, the way McCain and Huckabee each go after Romney.

Back to media's heinous behavior however, it's also worth mentioning that while they are quick to echo the charge of Romney's a flip-flopper, when McCain has done 180s they say he's "come around". McCain's come-arounds have been on comments he makes today as a Presidential candidate compared to actions he took, repeatedly, as member of the Senate. Things like twice voting against tax cuts and penning an amnesty deal. On both issues, well, when he can't lie about them, when he's pressed on it, when he has to come somewhat clean and actually answer a question with some quotient of directness involved, he simply says, Well the only reason I was one of two repbulicans to not vote for the tax cuts was b/c they didn't include spending cuts, and the immigration issue (code for the McCain-Kennedy amnesty bill) simply won't come up. He does all he can to avoid simply saying, I should've voted for the tax cuts; I was wrong. He does all he can to avoid saying, I will not pass my bill should it come before my desk as President. Yet, media say he's come around.

Contrarily, Romney's readily considered without examination that he's a flip-flopper. Unlike McCain, Romney's not subjected to how he governed versus how he's running as a Presidential candidate. No, he's being judged based on how he ran for Governor versus how he is running for President, omitting his actual record as Governor, where he governed as a conservative. He was the only governor to be hit with both the stem cell issue and the same-sex marriage issue in the same state, and he defeated them both. It was the stem cell issue that prompted his political stance on abortion to become pro-life, and he wrote so, in an op-ed to the Boston Globe nearly 3 years ago.

Fiscally he was an ace, as he has been in every other aspect of his career in the public, private, and the volunteer sectors. And on illegal immigration he was far more conservative than McCain could ever pretend to be and lie about. And on national security, while John McCain clings to his military service as a crutch, as a exemption from scrutiny, as a free pass, as trump card on foreign policy, Romney isn't the one who wants to shut down Gitmo, and Romney isn't the one who wants to "strengthen our intelligence" community by doing away with waterboarding. McCain somehow thinks he'll capture bin Laden and remain successful against terrorist networks by giving captured terrorists and enemy combatants (neither who fight for any nation, which is precisely why we have Gitmo) unprecedented due process in the American legal system, and to restrict our intelligence officials as Clinton did in the 1990s. He's just not that smart a guy at day's end.

So, as conserviatives, there really is no rationale that would allow you to vote for McCain over Romney in the primary. Whatsoever. McCain is benefiting from a host of factors in the Republican party: Huckabee syphoning conservative votes from Romney; yearlong whining from conservatives about if Reagan's coming back from the grave and silly dithering with the historically awful campaigns of Fred and Rudy; and the aftermath of the unpopularity of the Republican Party after being in two lengthy wars and Democratesque spending. And media knows this. This is why they can't contain their excitement about McCain getting the nomination. This is why they don't point out how his record is very much like Hillary's on all the major issues. If McCain's the nominee, and even if he happens to win the election against Hillary--even though the media and the moderate/indy/democrat "support" of McCain will get snatched away for the election like the football right before Charlie Brown kicks it--it's not bad at all for liberals since McCain is with them on 90% of the major issues. And it'll give them hope that he'll ruin the Republican Party for decades of mired misdirection.

Posted by: ibrock | February 4, 2008 9:43 AM | Report abuse

It's time for conservatives to take back the party. I can't figure out why republicans are supporting McCain - he is too liberal to be our standard bearer. He wanted to become a Dem in 2000! If McCain became President, in four years, us regular conservatives would be considered the "far left". Let's remind McCain and all of his ancient Senator buddies that this is still the people's party. Go Romney!

Posted by: pccu | February 4, 2008 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Wake up America!
Tuesday begins the Romney Revolution.

Here is a quote from Renee Green, President of the Leadership Foundation:

"Perhaps there are three simple, but essential questions that we need to ask ourselves in order to eliminate candidates who are not men of sufficient principle to keep us free.

1) IS HE A MORAL MAN? (First and foremost, has he been honest and true to his wife and thereby to his children? Has he been an honorable father teaching integrity and character by his example and by precept? This is the first basis for all trust.)

2) WILL HE UPHOLD THE CONSTITUTION, i.e. protect our system of representative government? [This must mean he would simultaneously work to lower taxes AND eliminate our national debt. Knowing a candidate's record on taxation and spending is essential as most taxes today constitute legal plunder. When taxes are imposed to create so-called justice (social programs) instead of simply to protect against injustice (guarding inalienable rights), the government makes us subjects of the state.]

3) WILL HE STAND FOR THE RULE OF LAW? There is NO form of amnesty for illegal aliens that does not undermine the rule of law."

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A patriotic American creed:

I do not choose to be a common man.

It is my right to be uncommon -- if I can. I seek opportunity not security. I do not wish to be a kept citizen, humbled and dulled by having the state look after me.

I want to take the calculated risk; to dream and to build, to fail and to succeed.

I refuse to barter incentive for a dole. I prefer the challenges of life to the guaranteed existence; the thrill of fulfillment to the stale calm of utopia.

I will not trade freedom for beneficence nor my dignity for a handout. I will never cower before any master nor bend to any threat.

It is my heritage to stand erect, proud and unafraid; to think and act for myself, enjoy the benefit of my creations and to face the world boldly and say, this I have done.

All this is what it means to be an American.
-- (My Creed by Dean Alfange)

Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, John McCain, Mike Huckabee have a history of undermining American principles. They have consistently supported amnesty for illegal aliens and the raising of taxes to force each of us to take care of people who can and should take care of themselves.

Finally, each one of the above named is guilty of dishonest campaigning to get gain and power. (For example, John McCain's recent blatant lie in the "timetable" remark targeting another candidate immediately prior to the Florida primary.) Forms of dishonesty include: engaging in deceit for personal advantage, appeasement, embellishment, cheating, lying to save face, and so on. All forms stand in contrast to Christianity and the heritage our Founding Fathers have given us.

Wake up America!
Tuesday begins the Romney Revolution.

Posted by: johnandsonia | February 4, 2008 5:23 AM | Report abuse

McCain has no integrity. He cheated on his wife who faithfully waited for him for 5 years while he was a POW. He then married the bimbo billionaire who was 17 years younger than him (she's the one who looks like a plastic manikin that's always by his side).

McCain also graduated 5TH FROM THE BOTTOM of his class in the naval academy. 5TH FROM THE BOTTOM PEOPLE!!!

Compare that to Mitt Romney who got a law degree AND master of business degree AT THE SAME TIME from HARVARD and graduated FIRST IN HIS CLASS.

That's enough information for me to not vote for McCain, no matter who he's running against. I'd vote for Hillary over the scum bag.

Posted by: robertmeyers0513 | February 4, 2008 2:45 AM | Report abuse

When McCaine came home from being a POW he started having several affairs on his wife, who held his family together while he was a POW, and while she was recovering from a terrible car crash. He then went to Hawaii where a young girl was immoral enough to flirt with McCaine, a married man. He dumped his wife for a younger model and his wife and kids were devestated. I don't want that immoral trophy wife as our first lady. McCaine is not a straight shooter. He vowed to his first wife to be faithful and true ... he lied! What a filthy immoral man. At least Mitt Romney's five sons all support him and have clean records ... probably due to the fact that Romney is faithful to his first and only wife! Just a woman's perspective.

Posted by: hassell | February 4, 2008 2:29 AM | Report abuse


PLEASE LOOK AT THE VIDEO I MADE SHOWING MITT ROMNEY. I THINK YOU WILL BE SURPRISED IN WHO YOU FIND. I FOUND, COPIED, AND FUSED THE RECENT VIDEOS INTO A VERY NICE MOVIE. NOTHING ADDED BUT MITTS OWN WORDS.

I SERVED AND CONTINUE TO SERVE OUR COUNTRY WITH HONOR. GIVE ME A CHANCE TO SHOW YOU WHAT I FOUND.

Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98TWAV_u9iU

make sure you copy and paste the entire link to your browser. Or just search youtube the video is called- you choose!

Dan Campbell
Sgt., USMC

Posted by: marinepatriot | February 4, 2008 2:22 AM | Report abuse

McCain's image of being an honest straight talker is a media based falacy. The fact of the matter is he changes his positions rapidly. He co-authored this 'amnesty' bill that then turned radically unpopular and then he try's to act like, "oh, I get it, let's close the borders". Then he tries to sweep the amnesty part under the rug. He was against the tax cuts but is now for them. He says he needs educating on the economy, and then he denies ever saying it, and thus calls the NY Times liars. Then there is the whole Alito judiciary appointment fiasco. He says he wouldn't have nominated him because of his conservatism, but then acts as if he wants someone just like him. Then He makes up lies about his main competition right when he knows Romney can't fight back in time (of course the media tries to rationalize for McCain's lies). He pays robo-calls to spread complete lies about some cuba-issue against Romney. He acts like he was such a great leader in the Senate. The only leading he did was pandering to the Democrats and trying to cuddle up to the liberal media. He is the opposite of honest or straight talking. He has continually shown dishonesty. Just because he tells Michigan that their jobs are gone, all of the sudden he is such an honest person. The fact of the matter is that McCain, doesn't know anything about how to get jobs back and so he has no other options than to say sorry your life sucks. The liberal media loves the liberal candidates.

Romney on the other hand has been dealt a near-lethal blow by the liberal media. Not because he is liberal, but because he doesn't pander to them. He does like to please people as do all politicians, but he doesn't go around lying and attacking as the media tries to portray. He has always focused on political histories of the candidates he is running against. If McCain thinks an ad about his record is a negative attack ad, then maybe he is trying to run away from his record. Not once have I heard the media say that McCain has attacked Romney, yet he does often and with personal vindictiveness. Consistantly the media runs over Romney while they try to rescue McCain. I am so disappointed that the American public has bought the piece of crap that the media has been serving. The people who know Romney say how smart, dedicated and what a strong leader he is. While the people who know McCain are either scared of being in his cross-hairs or are very cautious of his hot temper and foul mouth. I see McCain being the cross between Bush and Clinton, but with the weaknesses of both, and without their strengths. Wake up people, McCain is a terrible option!!!!!!!

Posted by: niqueie | February 4, 2008 12:45 AM | Report abuse

Romney is going to pull it off. The conservative base is too strong. Tuesday starts the Romney revolution!

Posted by: avalancheskier33 | February 4, 2008 12:33 AM | Report abuse

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